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Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker
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Copyright: Richard Vincent (earthtraveler) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 427 W: 123 N: 947] (3483)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-05 7:48
Viewed: 3370
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Downy Woodpecker
Picoides pubescens

The smallest and most common American woodpecker, the Downy Woodpecker is found throughout most of North America from Alaska to Florida. It lives in a variety of habitats from wilderness forests to urban backyards, and comes readily to bird feeders.

• Small woodpecker.
• Black and white plumage.
• Plain white back.
• Small, pointed bill.
• Size: 14-17 cm (6-7 in)
• Wingspan: 25-30 cm (10-12 in)
• Weight: 21-28 g (0.74-0.99 ounces)

Sex Differences
Male with red patch on back of head, female with black patch.

Call note a sharp "pik." Also a harsh rattle or whinny.

Conservation Status
Widespread and abundant. May be slightly increasing in some areas.

Other Names
Pic mineur (French)

Cool Facts
• The Downy Woodpecker is a frequent member of mixed species flocks in winter. The woodpecker is less vigilant looking for predators and more successful at foraging when in such a flock. It will readily join chickadees or other birds mobbing a predator, but it remains quiet and does not actually join in the mobbing.
• Male and female Downy Woodpeckers may stay in the same areas in winter, but they divide up where they look for food. The male feeds more on small branches and weed stems, and the female feeds more on large branches and the trunks of trees. Males appear to keep the females from foraging in the more productive spots. When the male is removed from a woodlot, the female shifts her foraging to the smaller branches.
• The Downy Woodpecker uses sources of food that larger woodpeckers cannot, such as the insect fauna of weed stems. It will cling to goldenrod galls to extract the gall fly larvae. The woodpecker prefers larger galls, and uses the exit tube constructed by the larva to extract it.
• The Downy Woodpecker varies gradually across its range. Larger birds are found in the north and at higher elevations, while smaller birds live in the south and at lower elevations. Western woodpeckers tend to have less white in the wings and less black on the outer tail feathers.

Source : Cornell Lab of Ornithology
All About Birds website

Aperture Priority
ISO 400
F-Stop 4.0
Exp. 1/125th sec.
420 mm lens equivalent

Thank you all for taking a look and for you who choose to share your thoughts....I appreciate it.

MMM, uleko, juanit, Necipp, Argus, Patleboss, eqshannon, Juyona, JORAPAVI, lise, SelenE has marked this note useful
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Hello Richard
A lovely picture with great colour and detail. The sharpness is perfect and the dof is great actually higlighting the woodpecker. A very good note as well.
Best Regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-09-05 8:14]

Hello Richard,
Great sharp photo. Beautiful colours and sharpness. Very good DOF, POV and diagonal composition.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-09-05 8:26]

Hi Richard
Excellent capture of that Woodpecker.Nice POV and very nice details in that sharp image.Colors and catch light in the eye are also very nice.
TFS Michel

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-05 9:16]

Hello Richard,
Very fine shot of this Woodpecker that indeed looks very "downy". Wonderful plumage very well depicted and fine colours. Excellent composition too. Interesting note too!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • juanit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 5 N: 270] (1522)
  • [2007-09-05 11:01]

Hello Richard
A wonderful capture.excellent sharpness and details.Nice composition,DOF/POV.the colours are great.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-05 11:11]

Hi Richard,
Splendid shot of this beautiful Woodpecker. Very neat image with lovely colours and markings on its plumage. The tree trunk look awesome and the subjects stand out well from the smooth BG. Superb lighting and focus. Excellent POV to portray this fine pose and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Nice work the pov is very good and details are sharp good catchlight and lovely feather detail tfs rgds Necip.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-05 11:36]

Hello Richard,
Another fine capture of the Downy Woodpecker taken from just the right POV at the right time with good sharpness, lighting and BG. Iilke the sloping composition too.
Well done and TFS!

Bonjour Richard, la pose est géniale , ce petit pic ne se sera pas donné du mal pour rien, il tient la récompense de son dur labeur dans le bec, techiquement, la photo est parfaite comme d'habitude, de trčs bonnes couleurs, netteté et parfait point de vue

Hi Vincent,belle capture de ce petit pic.Excellent

Each and every one of your birds shots are super. It is getting so that I can tell a picture of yours versa another simply by the appearance. I love it!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-09-05 16:32]

Hola Amigo,
preciosa captura,
detalles y bello plumaje,
sensacional trabajo, pov y pose,


Great job. Lovely mage of the Downy. Love the story line, all around good example.



Hola Richard,
Excelente toma de este bello ejemplar, gran definición y detalles, bonita luz y fondo, saludos
José Ramón

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-09-06 14:04]

Hi Richard,
I've been hunting this bird all summer and never got close enough for a good photo. I'm happy you got a great picture of him. Nice composition and good notes.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-09-09 5:56]

Hello Richard,
POV, colors, composition and the pose you captured are very nice.TFS
Best wishes,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-09-15 7:50]

Hello Richard, a very good pose and attitude of the Woodpecker ! Very good composition and exposure. Well done, thanks !


Excelente composición y bello juego de colores.

Saludos Richard

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